Then his servants came near and spoke to him and said, “My father, had the prophet told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” – 2 Kings 5:13
The story of Naaman is a great illustration of how our pride and religiosity can keep us from recieving God’s grace. Like Naaman, we are broken and in need of healing. But when the simple offer of salvation by grace comes to us, we think it’s too childlike, or not demanding enough. We look for ways to earn or pay for the favour we so desperately need.
As Naaman turned away from the prophet’s instruction to simply wash himself in the water of the Jordan, we too can refuse to follow the simple instructions of the Savior, “come, follow, and believe”. This pride often times keeps us in our desperate broken state, never receiving the assistance we truly need.
Friend, stop looking for ways to impress God, or earn His favour. Jesus has done that for you. All you need to do is come and recieve what He offers freely: forgiveness, peace, -life!
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30